COVID-19 Tax Update: B.C. Extends Limitation Period to File Appeals to the Minister of Finance

In light of the hardships posed by COVID-19, the BC Ministry of Finance has extended the time limits for filing appeals to the Minister for appeals due on or after March 18, 2020 but before January 5, 2021, until January 5, 2021. This means that even if the regular 90 day appeal period has expired, so long as the expiration falls within this period the deadline will be extended until January 5, 2021. This extension affects appeals involving Provincial Sales Tax, Carbon Tax, Property Transfer Tax, Speculation and Vacancy Tax, Insurance Premium Tax, Employer Health Tax, and more.

Prepared by: Zheting Su

Zheting is an associate at the firm’s Vancouver office. Zheting’s practice focuses on all aspects of transactional/commodity taxes, including the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), Goods and Services Tax (GST), First Nations GST, provincial sales taxes, realty taxes (such as land/property… more »